Clover (or Shamrock) Color Mixing

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Children will review color mixing as they create drawings and paintings of clover (or shamrocks).

Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Square (or rectangular) Paper (Sulphite or Watercolor)
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water and containers
  • Black permanent (Sharpie) markers (or black crayons or black oil pastels)

What You Do:

Draw a border on your paper. Don’t worry if it is perfectly straight. Use permanent marker or crayon or oil pastel — your choice.

Draw a border

Draw an “x” somewhere on the paper.

At the end of each line, draw half a heart on one side of the line and half a heart on the other side.

Draw three leaves to create a shamrock (and leave the fourth line as a stem), or draw four leaves for a clover and draw two extra lines for a stem.

Make four sections in the background by drawing lines behind the clover (or shamrock).

Decide on a secondary color (orange, green or violet). Find two or more crayons in two shades of that color. (You might use markers, oil pastels or paint instead.) Color the leaves.

Fill in the background areas with the two primaries required to create the secondary color you used. We used watercolor paint but you could use tempera, or markers, etc.


Here are other color combinations:

Try it yourself!